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Pen 2 Paper: Instax Mini Album

Hello and welcome to “Pen 2 Paper” – a new blog feature where the design team will share ways to incorporate your own personal handwriting or journaling into your projects.

UCapturedMiniAlbum550PXI have several projects with my handwriting, but admit to reaching for my typewriter the most.  For those times I want to be more personal though, I grab a favorite pen and start journaling.

My daughter loves using the Fuji Instant Camera.  I got it for my first Mother’s Day gift, knowing I would want her to use it as well.  With the camera, you can order tiny albums with protectors to fit the photos.  She had used them all up, so I decided to make my own for her.  My daughter was so excited I was making her this album to hold recent photos she took at the zoo.  She helped from start to finish, as you can see in the process video here.

UCapturedMiniAlbumOpenSide1550PXThe frontside of the album holds the two best photos from the camera and also the photo I took of her at the zoo.  The backside is for extra photos, and the not so good photos from the camera.  I made the album to hold seven photos, but each pocket can hold up to three photos.

UCapturedMiniAlbumOpenSide2550PXSince this was for her, I kept the papers and embellishments playful using the Hello Sunshine 12×12 paper pad and stickers.  Deciding on the structure of the album, and something fun for her to hold, I used the Pink Paislee Photogram Cut Files as the base pages to stitch the protector pockets onto, and then bound the pages together using the accordion technique.


UCapturedMiniAlbumDetail3550PXKeeping with the fun and playful theme of the album, I journaled inside one of the squares of the Photograms, adding chipboard pieces from the Hello Sunshine collection.  My journaling is not about taking pictures at the zoo or that day, but how proud I am seeing her enjoying photography.  As my daughter ran to show her Dad “her” album, the first thing she asked was what does this say?

UCapturedMiniAlbumDetail1550PXI admit to not liking my handwriting, but that doesn’t matter to my daughter.  And I know it will mean a great deal more to her in years to come.


To see how the album came together watch my process on video:

Collections Used:  Hello Sunshine, Switchboard


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5 Responses to "Pen 2 Paper: Instax Mini Album"

  • Melissa Morrelli
    April 23, 2014 - 11:27 am

    I love this adorable mini and so fab that your daughter joined in!!!

  • Marti Richards
    April 23, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Loved this! Great tip on making the album and I loved that your daughter got in on the process video- that put the biggest smile on my face!

  • Melissa Morrelli
    April 23, 2014 - 11:55 am

    BTW…..cutest video ever!!!! xoxoxo

  • Heather Leopard
    April 24, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Fabulous project and I love how excited Emma was to help you create this. Girl’s got talent too!

  • Celeste Goff
    April 27, 2014 - 7:35 am

    What a super cute mini album!